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Texas News
11:17 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Homes Destroyed -- But School Back In Session In West

West middle school children boarding a bus to take them to Connally ISD, where they will remain for the rest of the year.
Lauren Silverman

Only a railroad separated West’s intermediate school from the fertilizer plant that exploded last week. The blast destroyed that school -- and left three out of four West ISD campuses unusable. But many West students are going to finish the school year, just not in West. 

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Education
6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Education Chief Takes On The 'A' Word: Accountability

Education Commissioner Michael Williams (center) met with education groups at a recent forum.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams says he’s heard the complaints and agrees: Schools and student learning need to be evaluated differently.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Call To Reform STAAR Testing Growing Louder

Arlington High School student Taylor Griffin and mother Nikki Griffin say new state testing standards are stressful for students.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

State lawmakers are preparing to file a slew of bills that could change the way students are tested and the way school districts are graded. The lightening rod is the new STAAR end-of-course exams. As part of KERA’s American Graduate program, we visited the Arlington school district where there’s a loud cry for reform.

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Government
10:55 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lawmakers Arrive To A Stack Of Nearly 600 Bills

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Even before the bang of a gavel opens Texas’ 83rd legislative session around noon, lawmakers will have filed nearly 600 bills that would create or change state law.

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Daily Roundup
1:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

FBI Takes Over Plano Bomb Case

The FBI and the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force are now in charge of the investigation of a possible bombing attempt in Plano.

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Daily Roundup
12:45 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Bad Weather Hits North Texas

Some nasty weather is rolling across north Texas, bringing potentially damaging hail and high winds. Meteorologist Jesse Moore, with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, says it’s not over.

Moore: We could see reports of 2, 2-and-half inch hail as well as wind gusts of 60 mph. So far the biggest I’ve seen has been 2-inch hail up just about 2 miles north of Frisco, and some strong winds, 60 mph winds, reported as well.

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Daily Roundup
10:46 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Texas Students Begin STAAR Testing

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Students across Texas are beginning STAAR standardized tests this week. Exams start Monday for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in English I and III writing.

On Tuesday, students take 4th grade writing exams; math exams for grades 5 and 8; and hold the first day of writing tests for seventh graders. Subsequent tests will follow throughout the week with Friday as a makeup day.

STAAR is replacing the much-maligned Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

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Education
12:06 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Today Is The STAAR Test's First Day

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Third through ninth grade public school students take the new STAAR test today, for the first time. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more on the “end of course” State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness tests.

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Daily Roundup
1:21 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Deal Prospects Dampen In Texas Redistricting Case

An attorney defending Republican-drawn voting maps in Texas has told a federal court there are "insurmountable" differences preventing a compromise with minority rights groups.

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